Photography

Richard Renaldi Photographs Touching Strangers

November 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Touching Strangers is an ongoing work by photographer Richard Renaldi wherein he meets two or more people on the street who are strangers to each other and then asks them to pose for a photograph with the only stipulation being they must make physical contact in some way.

I undertook Touching Strangers as a means of bringing new complexity to the art of portrait-making. My objective was to introduce an unpredictable variable in a very traditional photographic formula; to create a spontaneous and fleeting relationship between complete strangers in front of my 8×10 camera.

It’s interesting to catch the tell-tale signs of unease in some of the portraits: the willingness to make contact with the arms, but not the palms of the hand, or the clenched fist instead of a firmly grasped shoulder. And yet many of the photos seem totally uninhibited as if the individuals had been friends for years. (thnx, Megan)

 

 



Design

Stance Socks

November 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Man, these are just some badass socks. Head over to Stance and get some.

 

 



Art Design

Environmental Design by Anna Garforth

November 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I hope you’re excited as I am to discover the work of UK artist Anna Garforth who uses recycled and natural media to create sustainable artworks in urban spaces. Living moss into script typography? Leaves into letters? If Colossal bestowed awards Anna would walk away with a heavy post-consumer recycled trophy. (via cmykern.com)

 

 



Design

Re:Words

November 2, 2010

Christopher Jobson

A couple weeks ago I posted a great video making the rounds, Words by Everynone. Well the artists behind it have completely remade it using an impeccably edited selection of footage found while scouring hours of random YouTube clips. Amazing how life-affirming this makes you feel. (via booooooom)

 

 



Art Photography

The Exquisite Skizzomat

November 2, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Interesting photo collages from Berlin-based Marie Luise Emmermann. I love this kind of derivative work. See lots more at her blog Skizzomat. (via changethought)

 

 



Art

Roman Ondák’s room of heights

November 2, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Participatory installation by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák. Every visitor is encouraged to mark their height on the wall and after several months a dark band encircles the gallery. (via bldg//wlf)

 

 



Design Science

Life Imitates Darkman and the 3D Skin Printer is Born

November 2, 2010

Christopher Jobson

OK so it doesn’t actually print the face of Liam Neeson (yet), but researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have successfully tested a bioprinter that outputs living skins cells directly onto burn wounds.

It acts just like your home printer, right down to the inkjet valve and vials of skin-cell “ink” that it sprays onto a wound. The printed skin graft consists of two separate layers — one is a mixture of skin cells with fibrinogen and Type I collagen (which each help with blood clotting and scar tissue formation, respectively); the second layer is thrombin, another clotting agent. The whole mixture has “a consistency similar to jello — so that [it] will adhere to the wound,” say the researchers.

Head over to FastCo for more.